Monday, July 19, 2010

411 on vertigo.

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty in standing or walking
  • Light-headedness
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • The sensation that the floor is moving
  • The sensation of not being able to keep up with what you are looking
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  • A feeling that your surroundings are moving or spinning
  • Temporary hearing loss
  • Ringing sensation in the ears
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty walking
  • Decreased level of consciousness
However, with that being said, the most common symptoms of vertigo are nausea or vomiting, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, feeling faint, and basically most of the sensations explained in the list of symptoms above.

Apparently there's three causes of vertigo, and there's such a thing as vertigo migraines.


Any condition that directly affects the brain can cause vertigo. The two most common causes of vertigo are inner ear infection or a condition called called Meniere’s disease. Both of these conditions are caused by fluid building up in the inner ear. The ear sends a message to the brain that the person is moving, while the eyes send a different message. The brain gets confused by the two conflicting messages, and doesn’t know what to do. This is what causes dizziness and motion sickness.

Another common cause of vertigo is dehydration, which often follows with nausea and vomiting or diarrhea. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish vertigo caused by inner ear problems and vertigo caused by dehydration, because they both often cause nausea and vomiting. Any sufferers of vertigo that feel their vertigo worsening as they change position should be seen by a physician. If left untreated, dehydration can lead to shock and inner ear problems can lead to a loss of hearing.

One of the simplest and easiest ways to remember other causes of vertigo is to use the mnemonic AEIOU TIPS: 

  • A – alcohol
  • E – epilepsy or exposure (heat stroke, hypothermia)
  • I – insulin (diabetic emergency)
  • O – overdose or oxygen deficiency (shortness of breath, hyperventilation)
  • U – uremia (toxins due to kidney failure)
  • T – trauma (head injury or shock)
  • I – infection
  • P – poisoning or psychosis
  • S – stroke

I drank last night, but only two and a half beers.  Maybe because they were cheap/shitty?  Maybe because I've been drinking almost every night and the Paxil and Depakote says don't drink.  I don't think I have an infection.

I'm totally freaked out now.  Hopefully in the morning things will get better. My migraine isn't even as severe now, it's the vertigo that's fucking things up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I also have vertigo. Google Epley Mauvuer. I have rudced my " attacks" dramatically. Monitor your migraines, find out what your triggers are. One of my triggers is being over tired. They can come on from food, I can't eat chocolate. They follow my menstral cycle too. Hormones gotta love Em.